The Roland-Garros tournament, also known as the French Internationals, is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. It has taken place every year since 1925 at Roland-Garros stadium in Paris. The tournament takes place on twenty clay courts, the main one being the Philippe-Chatrier court. Matches are played in five sets, with no deciding game in the last set. Qualifiers take place over four days, and then the fortnight-long competition starts. The Musketeers’ Cup is awarded to the winner of the men’s singles, and the Suzanne Lenglen cup to the winner of the ladies’ singles. There are also trophies for the winners of the men’s doubles, ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles.
Rafael Nadal – The King of Kings: The ultimate clay players and consummate Roland-Garros champion, with 9 titles between 2005 and 2014.
Chris Evert – The American fiancée of Roland-Garros: To women’s tennis what Borg was to men’s. What’s more, her record of seven titltes at Roland Garros has stood the test of time.
Steffi Graf: Records for most matches played and won, with six titles to boot. The German was at home in Paris between 1987 and 1999.
Björn Borg: Records plus a dash of panache. Björn Borg revolutionised tennis in the 1970s, with six Paris titles between 1974 and 1981.
Margaret Smith Court: Singles (5), doubles (4), mixed (4) – all in all, no-one won as many titles on Paris as Margaret Court.
Justine Henin: Four titles with insolent ease. Who knows just how much Justine Henin could have Achieved had she not hung her racquet up to 25?
Henri Cochet: One of the Musketeers for whom Roland-Garros stadium was built. Four titles at the French Internationals.
Helen Willis: Four titles, zero defeats, zero sets lost. An immaculate record at Roland-Garros for one of the first stars in the history of tennis.